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The Drop-Down List is a textbox component that allows selection of a single value that is non-editable from the list of predefined values. This has several out of box features such as data binding, filtering, grouping, UI customization, accessibility, and more.

Data binding in dropdownlist

Data binding

You can bind data from a variety of data sources in the array of primitive data, JSON data collections, or remote data source using different kinds of adaptors such as OData, OData V4, URL, JSON, and Web API. This uses Essential JS 2’s data manager to manage data and also has customization option for data request and processing.


Built-in filtering support with a rich set of filtering configurations is available to match all your application needs.

Diacritic sensitive filtering in dropdownlist

Diacritic sensitivity

Drop-Down List has diacritic character sensitivity. This behavior can be turned on/off.

Custom filtering in dropdownlist

Custom filtering

You can customize the filter query or use your own filter libraries to set filtered data.

Filtertype in dropdownlist

Filter type

Provides support to filter data based on starts with, ends with, and contains.

Minimum filter search character in dropdownlist

Minimum search characters

Provides option to set the number of characters required to filter.

Ignore filter text casing in dropdownlist

Ignore filter text casing

You can filter data with or without considering the casing for typed characters.

UI customization

Control the appearance of each item displayed in the pop-up list using templating.

Item template in dropdownlist

Item template

Defines custom appearance of each list item using item template.

Header template in dropdownlist pop-up

Header template

Designs its own header for the pop-up list using header template.

Footer template in dropdownlist pop-up

Designs its own custom footer for the pop-up list using footer template.

Value template in dropdownlist

Value template

Defines custom appearance of the selected value using value template.

Icons in dropdownlist


Adds icons to each list item.

Empty record template in dropdownlist

Empty record

Configures custom look if there is no suggestion to display.


Provides an option to create cascading Drop-Down List, which helps the user populate data to the next level dropdowns based on the selected value of the parent Drop-Down List.

Grouping in dropdownlist


Groups the suggestions based on different categories with individual header.

Form validation

Seamlessly supports HTML forms, template-driven forms (Angular), and reactive forms.

Form validation in dropdownlist

Pop-up dimension adjustment in dropdownlist

Pop-up dimension

The width and height of the pop-up list are adjustable.

Sortable list items

You can display items in the ascending or descending order in a pop-up.

Sorting in dropdownlist

Floating label in dropdownlist

Floating label

Developer can control whether the placeholder should float or not.


Provides responsive mode that gives adaptive redesigned UI appearance for mobile devices and recognizes touch gestures.


  • Fully supports WAI-ARIA accessibility that makes list view accessible to on-screen readers and assistive devices.

  • Follows WAI-ARIA best practices for implementing keyboard interaction.

  • Designed the UI element visuals such as foreground color, background color, line spacing, text, and images based on WCAG 2.0 standard.

  • Supports right to left (RTL) direction for users working in right-to-left languages like Hebrew, Arabic, or Persian.

Developer friendly APIs

Developers can customize all UI elements and control their behaviors according to the end user’s requirement using its rich set of client-side APIs.


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